Beets With Horseradish and Pumpkin Seeds

Beets With Horseradish and Pumpkin Seeds

Sweet beets meet zingy horseradish and crunchy pumpkin seeds in this dish that will enchant beet lovers and skeptics alike. Roasting the beets concentrates their flavor and makes them easier to peel, while pairing red beets with their yellow counterparts makes for a striking visual contrast. Feel free to use all red beets, or all golden beets, if that’s what’s available to you, and to substitute plain yogurt for the sour cream. If you can’t find fresh, refrigerated prepared horseradish, horseradish cream also works beautifully. Make the most of the beet greens: Sauté them in olive oil and finish with a splash of balsamic vinegar for an excellent accompaniment to this dish.
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  • Serves: 4 persons



  1. Step 1

    Heat oven to 375 degrees. Place all the beets on a sheet of aluminum foil. Drizzle with the olive oil. Wrap together tightly and bake until tender, 65 to 70 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly. Peel off the skin. (You may need the help of a paring knife.)
  2. Step 2

    Slice the peeled beets 1/4-inch thick and arrange the slices on a serving tray. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Step 3

    In a small bowl, combine the sour cream, horseradish, lemon juice, and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Taste to adjust seasoning.
  4. Step 4

    In a small skillet, toast the pumpkin seeds over medium heat, shaking back and forth, until they emit a popcorn-like smell, 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Step 5

    Spoon the sour cream dressing on top of the beets and sprinkle with toasted pumpkin seeds. Serve beets warm or chilled (see Tip).